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Directed by Werner Herzog

Germany 1972 95 mins. In German with subtitles

Championed by Roger Ebert as one of the top ten films of all time, Klaus Kinski plays the titular madman Don Lope de Aguirre in Werner Herzog’s 1972 crowning achievement. To experience Herzog’s trance-inducing chronicling of an ill-fated Spanish quest for El Dorado, the fabled city of gold, is to sit in contemplation of humankind’s scale in relationship to both the ferocity and unsympathetic nature of the natural world—a philosophical obsession that the filmmaker has returned to time and again throughout his career. “To see Aguirre for the first time is to discover a genuine masterpiece. It is overwhelming, spellbinding; at first dreamlike, and then hallucinatory.” – Danny Peary



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